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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kannna, Jul 14, 2010.
Would it be ok to use crushed quahog instead of oyster shell?
You're assuming someone outside of New England knows what a quahog is.
I've wondered the same thing, actually. Add to that ANY crushed shells - scallop, slipper, moon, conch, mussel, etc. Whenever we go to the beach, the kids and I are constantly taking home more shells than we know what to do with, and I'd love to be able to put them to good use. If the chickens can't eat them, maybe I could crush them and add to compost?
Quote:Isn't it a cousin to the warthog?
crushed shell be it oyster or whatever is CLACIUM! same as cuttlefish bone so its ok to wash and crush shell's for use as grit
It has been a long long time since I ate a stuffed Quahog. Just seeing the word makes my mouth water
I can't imagine that clamshells would be any different than oyster shell or egg shells for that matter. You're looking at calcium carbonate either way, and it's the calcium you're interested in. You'd just have to clean them so that they won't develop that "wonderful" funky smell.
I would think you could use any shell composed of calcium carbonate, the calcium being what you're interested in for chickens. In fact, if there are bits of clam clinging to the shell the chooks would probably enjoy them all the more. They might be more likely to smell after a time though.
Thanks! I figured it would be about the same as oysters. I live on an island off the coast of Massachusetts. We have wild oysters, but it's easier to find quahogs (which are a hard shelled clam for those that aren't aware. It's a Wampanoag indian word. They made money beads or wampum out of them.) People make driveways out of them these days.
I wouldn't know a quahog if it flopped itself onto my plate... could it do that?